This week, the whole school celebrated European Day of Languages. With a wealth of languages being spoken along the corridors of our school, from Polish to French, Lithuanian to Portuguese, it was especially important to give all languages the recognition they duly deserve.
Students and staff were invited to dress up in the colours of their favourite country and rose to the call in spectacular fashion; by 9am, the whole school was awash with all the colours of the rainbow!
In the morning, KS1 students were invited to sample a French breakfast in the yurt with Mr Emery and six KS2 volunteers. Each class enjoyed singing in French and were then able to order from KS2 students, learning the basics such as ‘Bonjour’, ‘s’il vous plaît’ and ‘merci.’
“Miam miam!” Phrase of the day, which translates as ‘yummy’ in French
KS2 students showed off their already fantastic French skills by competing as a whole class on LanguageNut Live, where each student puts their knowledge of their current French topic to the test in real time against their peers. A huge well done to Reuben and Merryn from Year 3 who came top in their year group on animals and colours in French – Bravo!!
All classes in KS2 also competed in the European Day of Languages shirt competition. This had all students creating a design to best represent European Day of Languages. If proven successful, they will have it printed on the official European Day of Languages T shirt next year and receive 30 T-shirts for them and their class. I have already received some extremely creative designs so far – keep them coming!
Finally, Mr Emery led each of the assemblies to round off a fun European Day of Languages. From the video of students and staff speaking a multitude of different languages, to singing one of the classic “Tu as un animal” (do you have any pets) song, the assembly encouraged students to be adventurous and have a go at speaking in another language. Whether that’s greeting Diane the dinner lady with a ‘Czesc’ (hello), asking how Mrs Bailie is – ‘como você está’ (how are you?) in Portuguese, or asking for a strawberry ice cream on holiday in France(une glace à la fraise s’il vous plaît). Using a language is fun and the students and staff of Penpol proved that again today.
“Today has been the best day ever!” Louis, Class 12
A huge thank you to everyone who made the day such a great success! Check out the photos from the day, as well as the video of students and staff speaking in different languages.
Class 1 had an amazing day at the Bluff beach with the surf lifesaving super star Ben Holtaway.
We started out in the beach hut and learnt all about beach safety. We learnt where and when it is safe to go into the sea to swim or surf and what to do if we get into trouble.
We swim in between the red and yellow flags, otherwise you’ll go out to sea – Elowen
Next we met the life guards. We learnt all about the important role they have and what they do to keep us safe on the beach. We even got a demonstration of one of the lifeguards rescuing his friend who had got into trouble in the sea with the jet ski. Next we had a go on the rescue board and were excited to sit on the jet ski and quad bike.
I liked going on the jet ski best and the quad bike. Joseph
After the jet ski fun, we played some amazing beach games including the assault course with the sea weed cave of doom.
I liked playing in the wet sand best – Jacob
Finally, the highlight of the day was going surfing. The tide was perfect and the children had an amazing time swimming, splashing and surfing in the gentle waves.
I like surfing the best. I paddled on the surf board – Seth
Class 1 would like to say a massive thanks you to Ben and all the life guards for making the day so much fun and enjoyable.
This term, Year 4 have taken great joy from learning outside in our wildlife garden. From Science through to Music, the wildlife garden has provided the perfect setting to enjoy not just forest school, but also all of their learning.
Just before half term, Class 9 wrote a description of the wildlife garden from each of their perspectives. The class really enjoyed sharing their descriptions in the mini amphitheatre. This task drew out all of the benefits of looking after the fantastic wild areas we have, a particularly poignant message with the G7 summit taking place this week.
I really like spending time in the wildlife garden. It makes me feel happy and calm. Alex
In Science, Year 4 have also been learning about habitats and had to create a powerpoint/ pic collage on what habitats could be found in the wildlife garden, along with the features and residents of each habitat. Students were particularly surprised to find centipedes, tadpoles and even a wandering Wilf (our very own resident school dog) in the wildlife garden.
In poetry, we have been studying the book ‘The Lost Words’, by Roger McFarlane, which is an ode to the words the current generation of children, particularly in inner cities, are losing touch with. This week, we have been learning the poem ‘Conker’ from memory and did a performance in the wildlife garden. See below to check out Class 9’s performance…
Finally, Year 4 have taken dusted off their vocal chords and sang a classic song, ‘Let it Be’, by the Beatles, a song which we studied last half term in music. It was a great song to finish off last half term and listen to students singing in a big group again. Enjoy the video below!
Today, Year 4 celebrated the rise of the Roman Empire in true fashion. Armed with shields, swords and Roman legion attire, the excitement from the students entering school was palpable.
To begin with, the Year group were greeted with Roman army commands: Consiste! (Halt!), Laxate (at ease), silentiurm! (Silence!) and Sin/ Dex (Left/ Right!), which would come in hand later on in the day.
Next, both classes were thrown into the melee and had to use their best codebreaking skills in order to crack a hidden message written by the emperor himself, Julius Caesar. The hidden message revealed one of Caesar’s greates quotes to date:
“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.” Julius Caesar
After exploring this quote and thinking deeper into what Caesar’s quote means, creating is exactly what the students did next. After having designed mosaics the day before, the students were tasked with creating a Roman mosaic. This proved lots of fun and the results are already looking promising.
The grand finale, however, had to be experiencing what it was like to march like a Roman. Led by Mr Wise’s booming commands, Classes’ 9 and 10 both marched up and down the hall, to embed their understanding of Roman commands. Next, the students practised forming the defence shape, which is the ‘testudo’, or the tortoise. This proved an effective barrier against incoming missiles aimed by the teachers, as you can witness in the video below.
All in all, the children had an excellent morning immersing themselves in the Roman life and learning first hand how the Roman army worked.
Today, Class 9 took their Maths lesson outside and, it has to be said, they have embraced the outdoors despite the change of weather!
The lesson today was a recap of what they have been learning about this term – Place value. The students showed great teamwork and were able to confidently partition 4 digit numbers, as well as round their chosen number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.
In addition, our Topic this term is ‘Romans on the Rampage.’ The class have been busy learning about who exactly the Romans were and what they have done for us. For DT, each of the students were tasked with creating a Roman helmet using paper mache, balloons, cardboard and, of course, the red and gold paint! This was a great success, with all students now learning Latin salutes in anticipation of a Roman Legion army drill in the coming weeks. ‘Dextrum sinistrum!
Finally, the good weather so far was not wasted, with many of our Guided Reading sessions taking place outside in the Gazebo and our first session of Tag Rugby taking place in glorious sunshine.
Hi Year 1,
We are missing you very much but know that your adults are doing a super job of looking after you and teaching you.
We hope you’re enjoying the home-learning tasks as much as we are enjoying receiving the photo’s and videos?!
Please do send any photo’s through if you have the time. Remember we love seeing you playing as well as learning!
Miss Whear and Mrs Sukstiene
New -PE and Outdoor Learning at Home
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New – Digital Ocean – Surfers against Sewage – Copy and paste the link in to your browser
Luke has had a fab time enjoying the sunshine this week. He has been playing in his pool, been bodyboarding at the beach and has been doing some great fraction work too! He has also been bug hunting in his garden and creating a super bar chart to show all the different kinds of insects that he has found. Great work, Luke!
Joseph, from Class 4
Joseph has been writing letters to his friends (and Mrs Sukstiene!). Look at that gorgeous handwriting!
Elliott, from Class 3
Elliott has been busy learning about fractions, positional language and punctuation recently! Well done Elliott!
Ezra, from Class 4
Ezra has had a super week learning all about mental health awareness. He’s been really busy learning about things that make us feel happy and has decided that being outside and exploring helps him to feel positive. Ezra’s family are having a ‘Feel Good Friday’ party today too, it sounds a lot of fun!
Carys, from Class 4
Carys made a super punctuation poster for our English home learning this week. She chose to tell us all about using a question mark. Well done Carys!
Arlo, from Class 3
Arlo’s chose the question mark for his punctuation poster this week and enjoyed completing it with his dad!
Miles, from Class 3
Miles loved tricky word bingo yesterday , he’s asked to play again today!
Florence, from Class 4
Florence has been staying active and getting outdoors a lot during the school closures. She has visited the beach, built dens and was even lucky enough to have a treehouse built by her very clever Dad! Florence has also been a great big sister, playing lots with Agatha. It looks like so much fun!
Rosie, from Class 4
Rosie has had a lovely time practising her dancing, going out on her scooter and having a little pamper with a face mask. It looks like fun!
Olivia, from Class 3
Olivia has been loving exploring number bonds, money and tally charts in maths! She’s also made an incredible plants information poster and been practising her days of the week!
Harley, from Class 3
Harley’s been a busy busy these last couple of weeks. Take a look at his super learning!
James, from Class 3
James has enjoyed studying the weather this week. He has drawn some pictures of the weather and has also been doing some maths sums by filling in the missing numbers.
James climbed Trencom Hill and he felt like he was on top of the world!
Keira, from Class 3
Keira has made a pattern with fruit and vegetables printing.
Harrison, from Class 3
Harrison used the computer to learn about halves and quarters and created a super weather report from last week-
Harrison walked up to Trencrom and loved climbing and jumping around on the big rocks. Harrison and his brother found little caves and spotted St Michaels amount, Penzance, St Ives, Godrevy lighthouse, Hayle and the estuary.
Isla F from Class 3
Isla F has enjoyed recording the weather, and making a wind vane to see which direction that cold wind was blowing in from, earlier in the week. She’s also baked some tasty vegan banana muffins!
Ebon, from Class 3
Ebon has been busy learning his timetables, making flags on VE day and riding his new bike which he was so happy to get riding when his cast came off!
Arlo, from Class 3
Arlo is feeling very proud of his weather report this week… and so he should be – it’s fantastic!
Thomas, from Class 3
Thomas has been enjoying lots of walking and running on the beach the last few days and exploring St George’s Walk looking at the fish and flowers. He has really enjoyed keeping a weather record and drawing lots of happy sunshines.
He has been very good with his reading, phonics and maths. Thomas has also been looking after his sunflower which is growing really fast.
Harrison, from Class 3
Harrison baked flapjack with me today to send to his great grandad for his birthday and he made a wonderful birthday card, drawing the picture and doing all the writing inside. He also planted 4 types of flowers and 4 types of herbs.
Miles, from Class 3
Miles has completed his weather diary and the challenge I set him to think of adjectives and adverbs to describe the weather! He then used them in a weather poem! Well done Miles! He’s also been adding to his story each day.
Toran, from Class 3
Toran’s been working really hard on his home-learning! Super addition 🙂
Toran exploring rhyming words!
Arlo, from Class 3
Arlo enjoying dressing up time as Stanley Hulk!
Miles, from Class 3
This morning miles watcher weather videos on you tube and made a weather poster.
Elliott, from Class 3
Elliott has been doing so well practising the DFE online phonics screening past papers! Well done Elliott. He’s also loved exploring money and plants!
Toran, from Class 3
Toran used paint for his pointillism flower and loved exploring money!
Geoffrey, from Class 4
Geoffrey has been learning lots at home this week. He has been exploring the different parts of a plant, practising his handwriting and working on his maths. Super work, Geoffrey – well done!
Ezra, from Class 4
Ezra had a fantastic day celebrating VE Day. He had an indoor street party with his family where they made medals, ration books and danced to music from the 1940s. It looks like so much fun! Great work Ezra, I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Isla, from Class 3
Isla F had a fun week doing coin and leaf rubbings, practising her phonics and writing her short story about a mermaid, called Isla.
James, from Class 3
James is enjoying the weekly challenges – this week he raided his piggy bank to find out about money and to do some coin rubbings. He also explored the different parts of a plant and did some sums in the sand on the beach.
Matteo, from Class 4
Matteo has been learning lots about plants and growing this week. He has practised his English and Maths and also built a boat from recycling. Great work, Matteo!
Harrison, from Class 3
Harrison learning how to use the suffix -ing and learning the value of money by doing some coin rubbings! Well done.
Miles, from Class 3
Miles loved testing out the rockets and writing the experiment up, he said that ‘the big one went the furthest , the little one went round in circles’. He also celebrated VE Day and helped to make mini toad in the holes and bunting!
For their family themed day, they had Chinese day! Miles didn’t think much of Hong-Kong style egg tarts for breakfast but he did like noddles and apple fritters!
Class 1 and 2 demonstrate their culinary skills by baking the most delicious treats for all their family to enjoy.
With a little help from Mum or Dad, the children weighed, kneaded, mixed, melted, iced, glazed, and decorated to their hearts content.
They made cup cakes, large chocolate cakes, fruit cakes, mug cakes, pies, tarts, biscuits, cheesecakes, swiss rolls, millionaires shortbread, gingerbread men, cheese scones, fruit scones, Finnish cinnamon buns and even made their own pasta and filled it with a variety of tasty fillings.
These indulgent tasty delights were a massive hit with the children’s families but they had to get in there quickly, they didn’t last long.
“I made them cakes for mummy’s birthday, I made patterns with chocolate buttons and smarties. It’s yummy”- Koby
Hi Class 1 and Class 2, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who have sent us some pictures of your home learning over the past few weeks. We wanted to share some of your brilliant learning with everyone.
We both hope that you are all well and enjoying the learning challenges that we are setting.
Take care and see you soon
Miss Nidds and Miss Aspden
Alayah from Class 2
Alayah has been being very creative and experimenting with water colours as well as creating a person from nature and going on a bug hunt!
Jack from Class 2
Jack has enjoyed creating a ‘mega den’ in his kitchen to continue with his reading, created a brilliant superhero and enjoyed going on a Bug Hunt in his garden.
Lowenna from Class 1
Lowenna has been doing some great learning at home and has had a teddy bears picnic and wrote invitations to all her bears. She has been doing some great counting games and made a brilliant Owlette costume!
Izzy from Class 2
Izzy has been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as doing some great addition and number writing. She has also designed her own superhero and fairy door along with some sentences about fairies.
Merryn from Class 2
Merryn has been very creative in her learning at home and has been outside flying kites and learning all about the wind, as well as creating a ‘Cat Box’ with working wheels for her toys.
Morgan from Class 1
Morgan has been having lots of fun learning outside and has found some tadpoles, made a boat and his own fairy door out of painted stones. He even had his own festival in his garden!
Alex from Class 2
Alex designed and made a great belt to turn himself into a superhero. He has also been busy painting his favourite insect, as well as making some great pictures and doing some fantastic writing.
Charlie from Class 2
Charlie made a brilliant nature picture of a dinosaur, designed a beautiful rainbow fairy door and had a great time at his teddy bear’s picnic.
Lexi from Class 1
Lexi has been keeping up with her phonics and reading at home, finding different places to read her book in the house. She has made some lovely pictures all linking to our learning challenges and drew ‘The Flash’ as part of our superhero challenge.
Isla from Class 2
Isla has been busy practising her letters and has enjoyed painting and colouring some great pictures.
Dexter from Class 2
Dexter has enjoyed having a Teddy Bears Picnic in his garden as well as creating a great Superhero.
Lili from Class 1
Lili had great fun creating some lovely pictures from her bug hunt and wrote the names of the insects beautifully. She has also been busy creating an obstacle course and a giant picture of a person on the beach!
Well done everyone on your great learning! Keep the pictures coming and we’ll post more next week.
Here at Penpol, we have a rich community which stretches far and wide, beyond the school gates. For three years, we have been in contact with Madame Jourdain’s Year 5 classes, at Le Bourg primary school in SW France. We have been exchanging letters, information about our lovely school and area, sending over games and passing on cultural differences between the two countries.
One aspect which is very similar between the two countries right now is that French children are now, like us, working from home for the time being, rather than at school.
Maintaining connections during this rather strange time is a powerful thing – be it with family, friends, teachers, as well as our friends over the pond at Ecole Primaire le Bourg- and it gives us all a sense that we are in this together.
The children from Le Bourg primary school have sent messages, some in French and some in English, detailing what they are getting up to during this period outside of the classroom. I am also very excited to send some of our own messages in French/ English to let them know what we are doing during this time. Please feel free to send them in to your teachers if you have anything you would like to share in French…the more, the merrier! Also, if you feel like you need a refresher on some of the topics your teachers have been doing with you, with the help of Mr Woolcock I have uploaded a French and Spanish section with plenty of games and activities to try out and boost your confidence. You can find the French and Spanish section on the home learning section of the school website.
For now, check out the lovely message sent from their teacher, Madame Jourdain, as well as the letters from the Year 5 children below and see how you get on with some of the translations…
Hi Class 6 and Class 5, Mrs Ruffell and Mrs Daniel would like to share some home learning photographs with you. Please email Mrs Ruffell or Mrs Daniel with any home learning challenges completed, so that we can share them on the school web site.
Take care – Mrs Ruffell & Mrs Daniel
Online safety at home – copy and paste the link in to your browser.
Fun ways to exercise and keep fit! – Copy and paste the link in to your browser.
Emily, from Class 6 has been learning about punctuation.
Thank you Emily for sharing this weeks learning. You have been learning all about commas and apostrophes and created a fact file about how to look after a dog. I really love all the images you have used. I was so glad to see that you were able able to access the R.E plans, well done. Keep a look out for next weeks home learning challenges.
Verity, from Class 5 has been counting bees.
Thank you for sharing your home learning from this week Verity. I loved reading all of your facts about dogs and bees. Well done!
Lola, from Class 6 has been researching and collecting data
Well done Lola on researching and writing so many interesting facts about Cocker Spaniels. They really are a lovely breed of dog. I was also very interested in your data collection. Well done on creating a Tally chart and then transfering the information, which you recoded, in to a Bar graph. Great home learning!
Alfie, from Class 5 has been researching facts.
Alfie has written a couple of fact sheets all about bumblebees and rats, you can read all about their very interesting toilet habits!
Oliver, from Class 5 has designed a poster.
Oliver has written a fantastic poster all about his dog Ted, he loves going to the beach.
Isaac from Class 5 has been writing poetry.
Wow! Isaac has written a poem and designed a poster to try and gain his blue and green blue letter badges. Fantastic home learning Isaac, your poem is brilliant. Well done!
Faith, from Class 5 has been very creative.
Thank you so much Faith for sharing your great artistic and cheerful artwork with us. Well done!
Anya, from Class 6 has been using her mathematical skills, writing facts and learning about Easter.
Wow, well done Anya! I am glad to see that you have been using your mathematical skills to solve several number problems and also sequencing numbers correctly. You have also drawn a lovely picture of bee and written some interesting facts. I also found it very interesting reading all about guinea pigs, I never knew that they loved being cuddled and ate vegetables.
Anya, thank you for sharing the picture of your homemade flapjack, it looks delicious! Also what a great bike ride you did this morning! Well done.
Bobby, from Class 6 has been learning all about bees.
Thank you Bobby for sharing all of your home learning about bees. I was so excited to see that you are already showing an interest in our summer topic. I thought that your picture, of a cartoon bee, called Bob was fantastic and what a great name for a bee. I also loved your bee finger puppet. Well done Bobby, great home learning.
Lily, from Class 6 has been writing stories and sentences.
Thank you so much Lily for sharing your learning with us. I can see that you have been busy learning your 2, 3, 5 and ten times tables and also writing stories and silly sentences, which were all home learning tasks from week one . I was also very impressed when I read your sentences that contained the word of the week ‘Saunter’. Well done Lily! Great home learning.
Emily, from class 6 has been putting her mathematical skills to great use.
Wow! Emily, you have really been using your mathematical knowledge to solve so many number problems. You have been learning about direction, time, mass and comparing numbers. I really enjoyed reading your story and I was so impressed with your handwriting. I also loved the picture of your penguin, which I will save and put on the classroom wall as soon as we return. Well done Emily, great home learning!
Verity, from Class 5 has been busy adapting stories.
It was lovely to read your super story today. I loved the way you story boarded it first, just as we do in school. The Princess and the Pea is one of my favourite traditional tales and I loved the way you made it your own by having dogs as the main characters! Do you remember when I read it in school?
Jowan, from Class 6 has been experimenting and keeping fit.
Thank you Jowan for sharing with us your photographs of you keeping fit and how you are keeping your learning going by watching and then recording a variety of scientific experiments. It was also lovely to see you sporting a brand new hair style, which looks great! Well done Jowan.
Ava, from Class 6 has been learning all about bees.
Ava has made a great start on the summer home learning challenges. She has been very busy researching for information about bees and recorded some interesting facts. She has also written a detailed story that was inspired by a picture and created her very own weather chart to record the temperature. Ava also used her mathematical knowledge to measure out a selection of ingredients to make her very own pasty. Well done Ava, great home learning.
Tilly, from class 6 has been recording the weather.
Tilly has been very creative by making her own rain gauge out of an empty plastic bottle. Apart from decorating the bottle, she has also drawn a scale in ml to record the amount of rain that falls. Tilly will also be busy recording the daily temperatures and recording the weather conditions on her weather diary, that goes up until the end of April. I look forward to seeing the final amount of rain fall recorded. Well done Tilly, you have definitely shown an interest in recording the weather!
Oliver, from Class 5 has been busy writing stories.
Hello Oliver! I was so pleased to receive your home learning today and read your story all about the Billy Goats Gruff. I can see that you created a storyboard first and then used this plan to write the story out in the correct order. Well done and thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Harry, from Class 6 has green fingers!
Harry has been busy learning all about seeds and what they need to grow in to healthy plants. He has also been researching for interesting facts about bees and created a poster all about honey. Well done Harry, great home learning. Remember to let us know how your chilli seed grows, perhaps you could keep a diary of its growth and share with us again?
Wow! Thank you Harry for telling us what we would need if we were to have a snake as a pet.
Lola, from Class 6 has been very busy writing, calculating and baking .
Thank you Lola for sharing your home learning photographs with us. You have produced a draft copy of your story, edited your spelling and grammar mistakes and then written the story out again in your very best hand writing. You have also shown that you have given the characters a lot of thought by drawing them in such detail. It was also lovely to see that you have been calculating a variety of number facts and problems and then using measure to bake some delicious buns. I am also very excited to see that you have already started to learn all about bees. Well done Lola, I am very proud of your home learning achievements!
Hugo, from Class 6 gets very creative.
Hugo has sent me some pictures, of his home learning challenges, that he would like to share. Not only has Hugo been busy practicing his letter formation and reading skills, he has also enjoyed creating and completing many D&T activities and by reading and following instructions, made a delicious chocolate cake, which he knows is one of my favourite treats! I just wish I could have tried a slice. Well done Hugo! I am very proud of your learning achievements.
Violet, from Class 5 has been planning and writing.
Violet has been very busy planning and writing stories of her own. In her writing she has ensured that she has used her best handwriting and included well structured sentences. Well done Violet, some super home learning! keep it up.
Well done! Some super work about bees Violet. Keep it going.
Poppy, from class 6 has been busy Home Learning.
Poppy has been very busy learning her two and tens times tables and then, after comparing measures, made some very tasty buns. she also created a storyboard for her own story, ‘The Three Fairies’, which she then wrote out in her best handwriting. Well done Poppy! Great home learning.
Well done Poppy, you have researched and written out some great bee facts. Great home learning again!
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